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MILLERTON — Lew Saperstein, longtime owner of the iconic Saperstein’s store, was celebrated as he and his family were cheered for their 70 years of service to Millerton on Saturday, May 12, at Lew’s retirement party.

“The party’s a very nice surprise,” he said. “I had a lot of fun and I got to say goodbye to a lot of people and old friends, and I look forward to visiting Millerton and seeing the progress with the store here.”

Performing as the evening’s live entertainment, Lance Middlebrook and John Mathews of the band...

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Structure fire rips through Millerton trustee’s home

MILLERTON— A smoke detector, a dog and two quick thinking teenagers kept tragedy at bay on Thursday, Jan. 18, when fire broke out at 5:15 p.m. at 35 South Center St.
According to property owner Jenn Najdek, the house will probably need to be “gutted, but everybody got out, including the dog.”

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Local toddler programs abound

MILLERTON — Cabin Fever is breaking out everywhere, with families with little ones being especially hard hit as the winter drags on. But antidotes can be found at the North East Community Center (NECC) and the NorthEast-Millerton Library, which both provide a variety of activities throughout the week. 
Children ages 1 to 5 are eligible for programs Monday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. until noon at NECC. 

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To Jenny Hansell, with love, a fond farewell

MILLERTON — Millerton’s North East Community Center (NECC) threw a farewell bash for longtime Executive Director Jenny Hansell on Saturday evening. Friday had been the last day at work for Hansell, a resident of Sharon, who is moving on to a new job as president of the Berkshire Natural Resources Council, which has its office in Pittsfield. Hansell and her husband, Fred Baumgarten, are in the process of moving to Northampton, Mass. 

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Adventure awaits at Stillman Travel

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MILLERTON— Residents need look no further for an unforgettable travel experience than to stop by Stillman Travel LLC, where owner Ed Stillman will help arrange a trip to satisfy all expectations.
Before starting his own business two years ago, Stillman worked for another travel agency for about a year. His decision to pursue a career in travel was set in motion while he was planning a group adventure to celebrate a landmark birthday. It was through the research and planning involved that Stillman grew to understand the rewards of working as a travel advisor.

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Business group focuses on Saperstein’s

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MILLERTON — In its first meeting of 2018, the Millerton Business Group, also known as the Millerton Merchants’ Association, came together to discuss future business options for the  Saperstein’s building. 

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Keep your pets safe this winter

MILLERTON— During the winter months, it’s easy to envy pets the luxurious fur coat that surely keeps them warm. But according to Carolyn Cannon, DVM, of the Millerton Veterinary Practice, animals don’t adapt better than humans to bitter cold weather, “they just don’t complain as much.” 

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Millerton mourns the loss of John Campbell

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MILLERTON — The village of Millerton is close-knit. Those who live and work here know each other well; most in the community knew lifelong resident John Campbell. Campbell, 89, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 21, from complications from a stroke.
“John had a good, long life,” said his brother, Jim. “Certainly it was a very productive life. In the end he went peacefully.”

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Watson named chief of Millerton Fire Company, makes plea for volunteers

MILLERTON — When it comes to keeping the village and the town safe from fires, volunteers make it all happen. But more are critically needed, according to newly elected District Chief Jason Watson, head of the Millerton Fire Company.
Watson, who is serving as chief for a second go-around after a 2007 to 2014 stint, jokingly said it is “honestly — stupidity” that led him to resume the demanding office, before adding the volunteer job is really “all about helping the community out.”  

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Snow, and more snow

Crews were out tackling mounds and mounds of snow on Friday, Jan. 5, following a storm that dropped nearly a foot of the white stuff in the Harlem Valley. A total of 8 inches fell in Millbrook, according to the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, while 10 to 12 inches fell in the town of North East, according to Amiee Duncan of Northwest Lawn and Landscaping. In Millerton, this plow on Main Street was left with a heavy load while its operator took a quick break.

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Dowley will serve at NECC as interim executive director

MILLERTON — Jennifer Dowley has been named the interim executive director of Millerton’s North East Community Center (NECC). She will take charge of the nonprofit organization when longtime head Jenny Hansell leaves at the end of January for a new job as president of the Berkshire Natural Resources Council in Pittsfield, Mass.
Dowley will begin on Jan. 9.

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